Call for Applications: 12 Doctoral Positions


Within the framework of the DFG-supported Research Training Group 2190

»Literatur- und Wissensgeschichte kleiner Formen«

(»The Literary and Epistemic History of Small Forms«)

we are inviting applications for

12 Doctoral Positions (TV-L 13, 65%, duration of 3 years)

to commence April 1, 2023. The Research Training Group analyzes small forms from a literary perspective and with regard to the history of knowledge, from antiquity to the present, and investigates their functions in different fields of praxis: literature, science, and popular culture. The main focus is on the interrelations between aesthetic, epistemic, and praxeological aspects of small forms. Further information about the group’s research program are available at:

Application Requirements

The positions will be awarded to early career researchers from the fields of literature, history, cultural and media studies who completed their MA with outstanding accomplishment. Applications from abroad are particularly encouraged. We welcome German and English speaking candidates whose research projects address the key topics of our research program in the second funding period (i.e. co-evolutions between small forms and media formats, transitions between small forms in prose and verse, small forms as actors within collectives, small forms as global/postcolonial travelers).

Applications should include the following materials:

  • Cover letter/statement of motivation (1-2 pages)
  • Outline of the research project (maximum 10 pages, timeline included)
  • Writing sample (excerpt from the MA thesis, 15-20 pages)
  • Tabular curriculum vitae and list of publications
  • Copies of degrees and/or transcripts providing reference of your academic qualification (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate certificates and, if applicable, further postdoctoral qualifications)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Applicants who are not native speakers of German or English will need to provide language certificates for German (C1 / DSH 2 / ZOP / TestDaF 4 / DSD II) or English (B2 / IELTS 5.0 / TOEFL 500-170-80 / Cambridge Examination CEA / 7 years English instruction on a German school).

Please submit your application with the key word DR/127/22 by November 16, 2022 (extended application deadline) to the Speaker of the Research Training Group:

Prof. Dr. Ethel Matala de Mazza Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Institut für deutsche Literatur Unter den Linden 6 10099 Berlin

or preferably in electronic form as a single PDF (max 3 MB) by email to


The Humboldt University of Berlin is an equal opportunity employer. The call for applications is explicitly aimed at people of all genders (m/f/d). Applications from women are given preference. We also welcome applications from people with migration background and people with severe disabilities.

As we do not return your documents, we ask you to enclose only copies with your application.

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